International Journal of Optics / 2015 / Article / Tab 1

Review Article

Free Space Optics: Current Applications and Future Challenges

Table 1

Comparison of FSO with different communication system.

ParametersFSOOptical fiberMicrowave radioCoaxial cable

InstallationModerateDifficultDifficultModerate
Data rateGbpsIndependentMbpsMbps
SecurityGoodVery goodPoorGood
ConnectivityP2P, P2MP short and long reachP2P, P2MP short and long reachP2P short reachMultidrop short reach
MaintenanceLowLowLowModerate
Spectrum licenseNot requiredRequiredRequiredRequired

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